Just 2 ½ hours from Perth, and a mere 50km from Margaret River, Busselton has long been a holiday hotspot. Dubbed the ‘events capital’ of Western Australia, it’s easy to see why. Every week you can expect this vibrant seaside town to be heaving with activity, with world renowned sporting events, film festivals, foodie feasts and more hosted throughout the year. Events aside, Busselton has become a tourist favourite thanks to its calm, picturesque beaches, kid-friendly attractions, bustling café scene, fun bars and pubs, and relaxed vibe.
So whether you’re getting reacquainted with this coastal home-away-from-home, or discovering it for the very first time, be sure to check out this three-day itinerary, designed to get you up-to-speed with the latest and best things to see, do and stay in one of the region’s most iconic towns.
By the beach and close to town, Big4 Beachlands offers a range of accommodation options perfect for family and friends. Looking for comfort? Try the park’s self-contained bungalows, villas, chalets and cabins. After more of an ‘outdoors’ experience? There’s plenty of camping and caravanning sites available, alongside modern facilities and one of the best kids’ play zones in the region (giant jumping pillow, anyone?).
Beachfront accommodation, plus your own private plunge pool? Get it all at Aqua Resort, just a short drive away from the centre of Busselton. Aqua’s luxurious beach houses are fully self-contained, making them a great choice for visitors who plan on occasionally dining in. Opt for the Bay Beach Houses and you’ll get a view that won’t disappoint.
With 75 self-contained apartments, a heated indoor pool and spa, games room for the kids and a tennis and squash court, The Sebel is ideal for families and couples seeking both R&R and a bit of fun.
Private Properties – Out Of The Blue
If you’re after the creature comforts of your own private space, why not give Private Properties’ Out Of The Blue a try? This spacious two-storey home is absolute beachfront, with ocean views from almost every room. With plenty of outdoor furniture, it’s easy to pull up a chair post-swim and relax the rest of the day away.
4.3 From $131
Monday - Sunday: 8:00am until 6:00pm
Great For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Outdoor Playground
10 Earnshaw Road, Busselton, WA 6280
4.6 From $300
Monday - Friday: 8:30am until 5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am until 4:00pm
Great For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access
605 Bussell Hwy, Broadwater WA 6280, Australia
4.4 From $244
The Sebel Busselton
Monday - Sunday: 7:00am until 8:00pm
Great For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access
553 Bussell Highway, BROADWATER Western Australia 6280, Australia
Monday - Friday: 9:00am until 5:00pm
Great For: Fireplace,Pool,Spa,WiFi
16 Griffin Drive, Dunsborough WA,6281, Australia
Start the morning seaside, with breakfast at The Goose. Arguably the best located café/restaurant in Busselton, The Goose overlooks the beautiful Geographe Bay and the iconic Busselton Jetty. A quintessential catch up spot for both visitors and locals alike, The Goose is also pet-friendly. After a coffee, or maybe even an ice cream? Pop ‘round the corner to the café’s coffee and snack nook for nifty takeaway options, perfect for people on the go.
Did you know the Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden-piled jetty in the world, measuring 1.8km? We think that makes it an ideal place to walk off that breakfast burrito or smashed avo on toast. Alternatively, hop on the jetty’s red electric train, which will take you to the underwater observatory located right at the end of the pier. It’s here you can head 8m below sea level and explore an underwater world full of colourful corals, inquisitive fish and the occasional mermaid or two. Want to get wet? Go on a helmet dive to get a true ocean experience.
Back on land, explore the Busselton Foreshore and its new shipwreck adventure playground, complete with half-sunken ship and a kraken. Hungry adventurers looking to refuel can grab a bite to eat from the Busselton Beach Shack, right next door.
What’s the point of being seaside if you don’t go for a dip? The Busselton Foreshore offers up what seems like an endless stretch of white sandy beach, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to a swimming spot all to yourself. Jump into the shallow, still waters and be sure to keep your eyes open for frolicking dolphins swimming up and down the bay. If you’re got a board, bike or scooter, give the Busselton Skatepark a go.
If you’re after a funky, fun night out, head to The Fire Station – a Busselton institution set in (you guessed it), an old fire station. Go for the drinks, stay for the modern Aussie bites and live music sets by local and travelling artists. In winter, don’t skip a glass of mulled cider. Keep the night young with a visit to Darleen’s, a new bar just around the corner, serving up locally brewed pints.
Start this adventure-packed day with a hearty breakfast at Hummingbird. The sister of Dunsborough favourite Mealup, this insta-worthy café offers up some tantalising brekkie options, including the oh-so-moreish nasi goreng.
Take a drive to the Tuart Forest National Park – the home to one of only a handful of remaining natural tuart forest in the entire world. It’s here you’ll find obstacle adventure course Forest Adventures. Not for the faint-hearted, Forest Adventures is a challenge for both big and little kids! Climb up towering tuart trees, manoeuvre through unique obstacles set 20m above ground and fly through the forest canopy on zip lines, before doing it all over again.
After your morning aerobics session, re-energise at @ The Shed Markets. Walk through this repurposed shed to find organic produce, bric-a-brac, home décor and more. Outside you’ll find fresh food stalls and food trucks serving everything from mouth-watering burgers and pulled pork rolls, to tasty dumplings and crispy potato skins.
4.8 From $44
Forest Adventures South West
Monday: 9:00am until 5:00pm
Wednesday - Sunday: 9:00am until 5:00pm
Great For: Children's Attraction,Rainy Day,Sunny Day
Ludlow Park Road, Busselton WA 6280, Australia
@ The Shed Markets
Thursday - Sunday: 9:00am until 5:00pm
Great For: Child Friendly,Disabled Access,Free,Picnic Spot,Rainy Day,Sunny Day
4 Skiff Way, Abbey, WA, 6280
After lunch, make a stop at Busselton Archery and practise your bow and arrow skills. You can also join in a game of mini golf, see how far you can get on the bungee run, or give bubble soccer a whirl.
Keen to get salty? Take your standup paddle board and cruise along the pristine waters of Abbey Beach, where you can watch the sun set on the horizon.
End the day with a tasty bevvie (or two) at the Amelia Park Tavern. Grab dinner from the pub, or pop next door to the restaurant for something a little bit more special.
Breakfast options are aplenty in Busselton, but for the sweet- and savory-toothed, Bistro Breton cannot be missed. Offering traditional-style crepes, homemade milkshakes and French finesse, it’s a winner for everyone. In a hurry? They do takeaway, too.
Want to see Busselton from a whole new perspective? Jump in the cockpit of a 2-seater Tiger Moth plane and gain a bird’s eye view of the region, as the pilot takes you on a journey from Busselton Airfield to Geographe Bay. See if you can spot Busselton’s iconic attractions, before rolling, looping and duck diving over the bay.
Fill your belly with in-season produce at The Good Egg, where you can also find a decent selection of raw bites and food to suit most dietary requirements. This café is also home to a shared working space and kids’ play area. If you’re after a fun activity to do on your trip, check ahead as The Good Egg also host workshops throughout the year.
Stock up on fresh provisions at the newly opened Western Growers Fresh, before taking the scenic route back to Perth, via Tuart Drive. Not quite done with the South West yet? Why not spend a few more days exploring Dunsborough, Yallingup or Margaret River instead? Go on, you know you want to.